Thursday, July 15, 2010

JV Schedule and Roster Changes

The Army JV marches back to Wien Stadium this October!

The athletic department released the 5-game JV schedule today and it sure has a gem of a game for game #4. A Homecoming Eve tilt at Wien Stadium against Army!

Here's the entire schedule:

Sun. Sept. 19 FORDHAM 1 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 3 at Princeton 11 a.m.
Sun. Oct. 17 WAGNER 11 a.m.
Fri. Oct. 22 ARMY 5 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 19 at Brown TBD

You know the drill for JV games, it's: "Where you can see tomorrow's stars, Today!"

Five Fewer

Five players have been removed from the Columbia varsity roster. They are: James Burrell, Ben Evans, Chris Paruch, Price Pinkerton, and Michael Williamson.

I don't know the reasons for the removals for all the players, but I do know Chris Paruch has been battling some very painful injuries and Williamson has transferred back home to South Carolina.

Evans seems like a really big loss as he was the backup to the now-graduated John Seiler at left guard much of last year. That doesn't mean Evans was the #1 new left guard on the depth chart, but he'll be missed.

This could mean that senior Prentis Robinson, who backed up Ian Quirk at right guard last year, is more of a contender to start this year. But they hate it in the football office when I speculate about starting lineups, so I'll stop there.

Pinkerton had incredible skills and Burrell came to Columbia from the great football "finishing school" Bridgton Academy. But remember that we still have a crowded field at wide receiver, with 11 bodies still on the roster and a bumper crop of speedy freshmen.

I don't mean to sound too optimistic, because I hate to see anyone drop off the roster. But the total number of players on the squad remains at historically high levels for this program and compared to the other Ivies in general.

One name I still don't see on the roster is former wrestler Ryan Sutherland, an outstanding athlete who made a nice tackle in the Spring Game. I look forward to seeing him listed as a linebacker soon.

Why am I so High?

Today, my fellow blogger Bruce Wood teases me a bit about how high I've been on the talent level for this Lion team.

I admit that I am very bullish on the talent of this squad, perhaps more than at any time since the 8-2 season in 1996.

But I am not exactly as cocky when it comes to definitively saying whether all this talent will translate into more wins in 2010.

It should, but the proof will come this fall and not before.

In too many past seasons, the big challenge for Columbia football has been how to deal with its relatively thinner talent level and how to spread its smaller roster over too many areas.

That just isn't the case anymore.

Now, it's about how to get its talented players and overall team to live up to their potential in the won-loss column.

Anyone who says these Lions don't have the weapons this year is just wrong. And if this sounds like I'm trying to quash the insults and excuses before anyone tries to make them... I am.

Anything short of winning season from this crew would be a disappointment, even from the objective point of view of a non-Columbia fan.

There, I said it.


At Thu Jul 15, 09:53:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, since the athletic department provides no information on JV football, do you know how the JV did last year? In particular, how did they fare against other Ivies?

At Thu Jul 15, 06:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Evans had major potential and will be missed. I think someone told me he was in an engineering program. If that is true, class schedule and football schedules probably didn't work together. Unlike non-Ivy schools, the degree needs to be the priority. If that is true and someone can verify it, please do so. I wish him the best.

At Thu Jul 15, 08:14:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cridstI believe that one of the players was declared physically unable to perform( Chris Paruch). That's football. We lost some good kids a few years ago (Masorti, England), but so have all of our competitors. It is still remarkable hhow few we have lost, which is a tribute to a coaching staff second to none, who care about our young men.

At Thu Jul 15, 11:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If memory serves, the JVs lost to Brown, also scheduled to play Princeton and Cornell (beat Fordham in the opener).

At Fri Jul 16, 12:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JV had a largely successful season ..

Fordham - W
:well played game especially by Nick Gerst, showed a promising ability to run the ball
Army - L
:the Army JV team was no slouch, arriving at the field in full uniform, these young men were aggressive and very, very fast
Cornell - W
:a great overall weekend for Columbia football, Kevin Lenehan and Paul Havas played especially well with the help of receivers Price Pinkerton and Ian Cummins
Bridgton Academy - W
Brown - L
:simply outplayed, Columbia ran the same plays over and over again, probably because this game was played on the friday night prior to the season ender in which the Lions manhandled the Bears

(I am 99% sure about these outcomes)

At Fri Jul 16, 12:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is the break down for jv as far as i see it:

1) the o-line was not particularly strong last season, although primarily first years, it was a slight cause of concern
2)the d-line on the other hand was very promising and at times dominant
3)the linebacker core was young, but promising
4)the dback situation .. well lets hope they had any potential db's up with the varsity
5)skills - the receiving core was extremely solid and showed flashes of brilliance, the backfield was at times incredible and with the help of a more experienced line will be a force to be reckoned with
6)qbs - average to good play, definitely need to see improvement

At Fri Jul 16, 03:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll never forget the Freshman game pep talk that Benedict gave us before the Army JV. He basically said that the Army guys were a bunch of hero types who could hardly wait to kick our Ivy league, poet, patsy asses. He was trying to get us fired up but many of us always felt it had the opposite effect. The score was not so bad, 14-0 maybe, but they beat up on us pretty good.

At Mon Jul 19, 04:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who were the players on the D line that prompted your eval that D line play was at times dominant?


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